Duration of Trek: 05 Days.
Best Time: Mid June to September.
Highest Point: Charatse La (3,650m)
Focus: Monasteries, Monks, People Villages.
Highlight: Remote Villages and Monasteries.
Physical Challenge: Easy Trek.
Day 01 Leh to Liker to Yangthang 4-5 hours
Drive to Liker around 45 kms from Leh towards Srinagar. At Liker, before starting the trek, you can visit the monastery atop a hill upstream of the village. As you begin your trek you come across Yangthang and Sumdo villages crossing small passes called Phobe La (3550 meters) and Charatse La (3650 meters). Overnight stay is in camp.
Day 02 Yangthang to Rizong to Hemis Shukpachan 5-6 hours
After the breakfast proceed towards Rizong monastery. The walk is through a thick grove of poplar, willow, apricot and apple trees along a stream before getting to the popular nunnery of Rizong at a site called Chulichan in about half an hour. The valley on the right is the way to the monastery, which is known for its strict rules of observing monastic life as per Buddhist tenets. After having lunch, the trek towards Hemis Shukpachan village involves crossing a simple pass behind the monastery. Overnight stay is in camp.
Day 03 Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam 3-4 hours
Today is a bit longer trek involving crossing of Maptek La (3750 meters), which has great views of surrounding valleys and mountains. Soon after the pass you get the sight of Ang village. From Ang the road leads down to the Temisgam village, which has ruins of historical fort and a small monastery enshrining the highly sacred marble statue of Avalokitesvara. Overnight stay is in a camp.
Day 04 Temisgam to Khaltse 4-5 hours
Walk down to Khaltsey via Bongbongchan La, and your trek finishes at the Srinagar Leh highway. The same day you drive to Lamayuru for sightseeing of Yundrung Monastery perched on pillar shaped interesting geographical formations, which gives this valley a ‘moonlike’ image. Overnight stay is in Guest House.
Day 05 Lamayuru to Leh
After having breakfast visit Rizong monastery and drive back to Leh, en route visit Alchi and Liker monasteries.
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Ladakh Trekking India (LTI) did an excellent job for our large group for Markha Valley Trek with special spiritual interests. Mr. Sam accompanied us the whole time and took diligently care of our needs. We became friends, and this is all I would like to say: a great thank you from all my heart.